The International Table Tennis Federation will continue to work hand in hand with sponsor, Seamaster, to develop the concept into a world leading sports property.
“The ITTF is inviting all cities and countries around the world to get involved in the biggest tour in table tennis. The world’s best table tennis players, playing in 12 events across the globe provides immense promotional and commercial value to cities. We are looking forward to working with all our hosts and partners to take the ITTF World Tour to the next level”, Thomas Weikert, ITTF President
There are 12 ITTF World Tour events available for bidding in 2018; they are split into two tiers; six ITTF World Tour Platinum events, the new top tier and six regular ITTF World Tour events.
The six ITTF World Tour Platinum events will be of the very highest level, affording greater prize money Therefore the result is more international exposure for the hosts as the world’s best players will compete.
At the end of the year, the top 16 players on each of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Standings will qualify for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals; an event which boasts the highest prize money for any table tennis event on the planet.
The ITTF World Tour has consistently been a great avenue for countries and cities to gain global reach, promotion and recognition:
……….20 television broadcasters in 80 countries with a 550 million potential reach in 2016
……….3,900 hours of the World Tour broadcast, including 62.5 hours on China’s national network CCTV
……….US$2.2 million in television media value for the city of Berlin at the 2016 ITTF World Tour German Open
……….16 million video views of the 2016 ITTF World Tour for online videos
……….Connection to ITTF 1.7 million social media fans
……….21 per cent of the global population is interested in table tennis
To become a part of the world’s biggest table tennis tour, which is only going to become bigger and better, go to ITTFWorldTour.com to find out more information and submit your bid.
Bids close on Friday 31 March 2017, so be quick not to miss out!